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February 14, 2015 Updates

Dallas power forward Dirk Nowitzki was the final All-Star selection, getting picked by commissioner Adam Silver as an injury replacement for Anthony Davis late Wednesday night. The Mavs had lobbied for shooting guard Monta Ellis. "Let's be honest: [Ellis] should be at the All-Star Game and Dirk should be home," Carlisle said Friday on ESPN's "The Afternoon Show with Cowlishaw and Mosley" on 103.3 FM. "That's the way this should be going. I'm assuming they go by the vote count. Dirk may have had one more vote than Monta or something like that, but Monta Ellis should be in the All-Star Game." ESPN.com

The National Basketball Players Association on Saturday rejected the NBA's proposal for "smoothing in" billions of dollars from the new TV/media deal into the salary cap. NBPA executive director Michele Roberts said the union hired two forensic economic teams to evaluate the league's proposal and both economic teams recommended the union not accept the league's proposal. USA Today Sports

Regardless, players will still get 51% of basketball-related income (BRI). Under the CBA, when player salaries don't reach 51%, the league cuts a check to players for the difference. The union is opposed to artificially suppressing the salary cap, but it appeared Roberts is willing to read other proposals. USA Today Sports

Following the announcement in 2013 that the New York City teams would co-host the All-Star game, soon-to-be commissioner Adam Silver said the Nets would host the big Sunday game at Barclays Center in “the relatively near future,” a reward for only holding the sidebar events in 2015. Amidst rumors that majority shares of the team and the arena are up for sale, CEO Brett Yormark told the Daily News that there hasn’t yet been a commitment from the Nets. He said the topic should be discussed shortly. “I’m sure there will be some options to host it again,” Yormark said. “I’m sure after this weekend, management and ownership will sit down and decide whether or not it’s something we want to pursue. But the experience has been terrific.” New York Daily News

February 13, 2015 Updates

What is your opinion on Mikhail Prokhorov’s ownership of the Nets, presuming he does sell the team in the short-term as some expect, and would the league be interested in more foreign owners? Adam Silver: Yes, the league would always be open to more international owners. He’s been a great owner. I know he would have liked to have spent more time in Brooklyn, but the situation back in Russia, especially over the last year, hasn’t allowed him to travel as much as he hoped. He engaged in somewhat of a high-risk, high-reward strategy by becoming a large (luxury) taxpayer, but that’s permissible under our system. It took them into the second round of the playoffs last year, and I know his goal has been to win championships, so I’m sure he’s somewhat frustrated. But I know when you look at what he and Bruce Ratner have done in Brooklyn by successfully completing that building, by making the move from New Jersey, from that standpoint it’s been spectacular. As you and I know as New Yorkers, that arena is a permanent fixture of this community, and not only is there for basketball events but is practically full year round including the circus and concerts and other events, as well. So if he did decide to sell, I think he would be leaving an enormous legacy here in New York. New York Post

There’s been a push by some to eliminate divisions. Do you feel they are necessary? Adam Silver: I think divisions and conferences are important. I think rivalries continue to be important, and the practical issue of travel. If you eliminate the conference and division system, you’re going to have teams traveling even more than they do now, which brings us back to our first issue, and that’s on the appropriate resting of players. New York Post

February 12, 2015 Updates

Charles F. Gardner: Brandon Knight on D-Wade's all-star support: "I definitely appreciate D-Wade for that. Too bad the commissioner didn't feel the same way." Knight said he is happy to be in skills challenge Friday at Barclays Center: "I'm just looking forward to representing the Bucks." Twitter @cf_gardner

Since you scheduled regular-season games in Europe why not play the All-Star Game abroad? Adam Silver: There are no plans in the drawer yet, but it’s something that as the NBA continues to grow around the world I’m sure we’ll look at it down the road. Right now, because of the scheduling issues and the additional time that would be required to move the game outside of the U.S. or Canada it’s not realistic right now. New York Daily News

The big story here in New York is the insensitive email James Dolan recently sent to a Knicks fan. Why did you decide not to punish the Knicks owner? Adam Silver: Players, league executives and owners historically have not been disciplined for similar outbursts. As I said, he reacted in an emotional, impassionate way to a direct criticism of him. That’s not the kind of behavior that traditionally commissioners have become involved in. New York Daily News

February 11, 2015 Updates

"I asked the commissioner (Adam Silver) to set up a meeting with (Dolan), make a step forward," said Oakley. "I want to know what I did to be hated so bad by an owner. The dad (Charles Dolan), I never heard him say nothing bad about me. I asked players I played with to go talk with (Dolan). He said he don't want to deal with me." Oakley said Knicks fans are the ones hurting these days, because Dolan's product stinks and fans are "paying their money to watch" terrible basketball. "It's all gimme basketball now," said Oakley. "One guy can't make a team better. We had a lot of high IQ guys playing. There's no leaders. When I was here I treated people with respect," said Oakley. "How can I be that bad?" New York Daily News

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